Fly Tying Bench - Salmonid Seeker
After a few years of dealing with a suitcase full of disorganized tying materials and using whichever stool or end table my vice could clamp on to, I decided it was time for a more permanent set up. The pegboard idea was an easy sell to my girlfriend, because a 4’ by 8’ sheet of it accompanied by a 6’ banquet table provided enough working space for each of us to enjoy our hobbies. Additionally, the project was very cheap. We were able to keep the entire project under $100 which included the pegboard, table, mounting hardware, pegboard-compatible pegs and racks, a desk lamp, and paint. Moreover, the pegboard was very easy to install; requiring only a few screws, spacers, and wall anchors. Minus the dry time for the paint, the entire project took only four hours to complete. Lastly, the ability to rearrange pegs and racks easily has allowed the pegboard to accommodate my constantly growing collection of tying materials and tools.
Since originally installing the pegboard and table, my fly tying bench has slowly evolved. I found a rack designed for organizing screwdrivers which now holds my bobbins and scissors as well as some other miscellaneous tools. A little basket has provided the perfect location for all of my head cements, glues, and waxes. On the tabletop, underneath the pegboard, I use compartmentalized boxes with round-bottomed wells to store my favorite hooks as well as bead heads and dumbbell eyes. I also use two little plastic racks (I believe they were part of a lip balm display at my mom's dollar store) to display freshly tied flies until they are able to find their way into my stuffed fly boxes. For lighting, I now use two single-bulb desk lamps with bright white compact fluorescent bulbs in addition to the smaller LED desk lamp I originally purchased. Lastly, I also have a small TV which I use for a monitor while filming fly tying videos. It also doubles as barrier to prevent my girlfriend’s craft supplies from migrating over onto my side of the table. Sadly, it hasn’t prevented any of my “pretty feathers” from mysteriously disappearing. I use a 4-drawer sterilite container to store usable scrap material, markers, and loose feathers as well as extra bags and compartmentalized containers to encourage continuing organization. For a waste container, I simply tape a paper lunch bag to the side of my table. It is close at hand and when it’s nearly full I simply throw the entire bag which helps eliminate the otherwise inevitable cloud of feathers and hair.
This project turned out to be an invaluable investment in an activity I know I will be pursuing for a long time to come. Plus, it never gets old hearing my girlfriend explain to people that there’s a fly shop in our house.